FM Dendias: All foreign troops must leave Libya

Nikos Dendias Najla Najlah Al-Mangoush

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias met with his visiting Libyan counterpart Najla Al-Mangoush in Athens on Monday.

In joint statements after the meeting, the Greek minister stressed the need to withdraw all foreign troops and all paramilitary and mercenary forces from Libya, and have no foreign military presence in order to soon hold fair elections in the country.

"The most important issue at stake for us is to ensure the independence, the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Libya," he underlined, before noting that a key condition for this is holding fair elections on December 24, as provided for in UN resolutions.

Referring to the upcoming elections in her country, minister Al-Mangoush called on Greece to help see these succeed, "because security and stability in Libya means security and stability for Greece and the EU."

She also called on the EU to help Libya by providing the necessary tools for security there.

After describing the recent visit of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Libya as a sign of "great support for Libya's National Unity government," she invited FM Dendias to visit the country at his earliest convenience.

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